fredag 27. januar 2012
Luftwaffe Combat Reports - edited by Bob Carruthers (Kindle edition)
This book is part of a series which presents primary sources from several different conflics throughout history. "Luftwaffe Combat Reports" contains a lot of documents detailing standard operating procedures, equipment and tactics. A large part of the book is devoted to interviews conducted by the Allies with senior officers of the Luftwaffe in the fall of 1945.
The book is necessarily quite technical and dry. Anyone waiting for exciting after action reports or personal accounts of battle will be sorely disappointed. The attraction of the book comes strictly from offering material that one would rarely come across in other places.
The majority of the book details late-war developments in either the ground attack arm of the Eastern Front, or the air war against the strategic day and night bombing over western Europe, although there are also some sobering assessments of the Luftwaffe's strengths and weaknesses for the war in general.
As whomever reccomended the book to me on the Too Fat Lardies Yahoo Group pointed out (thanks!), the book is a steal at 6 USD in the Kindle store. The book offers tantalizing behind-the-scenes glimpses of the Luftwaffe and is only brought down by the dry style of the primary sources. It would likely be very interesting for those gaming air combat over the Eastern front or daylight bombing over occupied Europe. All in all, I'd give this book a 4 out of 6 and reccomend it to particularily interested readers.